Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for February 28, 2017
New Releases / February 28, 2017

Curious what new books are releasing? I am highlighting the new releases that caught my eye for this week. Let me know if you see anything new, interesting or any must reads! I am sure I missed some worthy books as well, so please feel free the share! FANTASY        HORROR FANTASY HORROR     FANTASY     HORROR

Review: With Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P. Beaulieu
4 Stars , Reviews / February 27, 2017

The Shattered Sands trilogy was by far one of my favorite finds of last year. With Blood Upon the Sand continues to deepen the intrigue and entanglements, and displays the harsh desert environment is not the only thing to fear in Sharakhai. It will also take your emotions and bend them to its will, ripping them through fear to excitement, from horror to triumph (or maybe triumph to horror), from sorrow to jealousy, hope, betrayal. Where it lands, I can’t tell you, but be prepared for the roller coaster of events that will evoke a huge range of  emotional turmoil and excitement. I continue to love Çeda as a protagonist. She is fierce not just in battle but also in personality. It’s quite interesting to see her handle life as a Blade Maiden, becoming part of what should be a close knit team, while also still working in secret to take down the Kings. Her every day life and training stands in conflict with what has pretty much been her life’s mission. Çeda is also much more alone in the beginning of this book. Emre, who has always been there for her in the past, is part of the Moonless Host. That alone is hard…

Stacking the Shelves – February 25, 2017
Stacking the Shelves / February 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review   Thunderbird by Chuck Wendig – I really enjoyed the first three Miriam Black books. Her sardonic sense of humor just works really well for me, so I am looking forward to returning. Many thanks to Wunderkind and Saga Press for the review copy. Pyr was also good to me this round, sending finished copies of both Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak and Worldshaker by J. F. Lewis. Both of this, I need to catch up on previous books before I can read them, but the sound good. Thanks to Pyr for sending them my way! I loved The Family Plot, the first and only book I’ve read by Cherie Priest so far. I am so excited to read Brimstone and see if it is just as good. Thanks to Ace! Another surprise read for me last year was The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky. I am really looking forward to returning to Manhatten and the lives of the greek…

Backlist Burndown Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
3.5 Stars , Reviews / February 24, 2017

Murder of Crows is the second installment in The Others series by Anne Bishop. I am listening to these books in audiobook format, and find they are very well suited to that medium. The world is interesting, but not overly complex. With the second book, more details of the world are revealed as the story is told.  I would say pretty much everything from the first book is expanded a bit deeper in this second book. It is all done in a manageable, easy to remember and follow way. In this book, violence is rising and straining the already tense (at best) relations between humans and the Others, particularly in the neighboring town. There are dangerous new drugs that seem to be fueling the conflicts and Meg has had one of her visions and it is full of blood and feathers. But, blood prophets are in a tough position of everytime they cut to learn more, they get one cut closer to death. As Meg and Simon work together, their relationship also deepens. One thing I find a bit strange, borderline irksome, is the romantic interest in a character that is between the two different species (which does not have to be…

Review: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
4 Stars , Reviews / February 23, 2017

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty is a cohesive blend of science fiction, mystery and thriller. It starts off strong with a new crew of six clones awaking under mysterious circumstances. They quickly realize their memories are not fully up to date, and it looks like it is quite apparent at least some them were murdered (thus triggering these new clones to emerge as their replacements). So, when you wake up with no memories and realize the entire crew (your previous selves) has died, how does one solve the mystery of what happened? And what do you do about it if you solve it? So many questions! The story is told from the varying crew member’s perspectives as well as through some flashback chapters that help clue us in a bit more about who these crew members are, and why they are on this ship. Another interesting thing to note, all of the crew members have some kind of criminal history, so their pasts are not necessarily the ho-hum expected. The clone technology and laws around it in this open many interesting ethical questions. Clones must be registered, and there can only be one instance of a clone alive at a time. On…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for February 21, 2017
New Releases / February 21, 2017

Curious what new books are releasing? I am highlighting the new releases that caught my eye for this week. Let me know if you see anything new, interesting or any must reads! I am sure I missed some worthy books as well, so please feel free the share! FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   FANTASY         SCIENCE FICTION    FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION       FANTASY        SCIENCE FICTION   

Review: Firebrand by Kristen Britain
4 Stars , Reviews / February 20, 2017

Just a quick reminder that while my review is spoiler free for Firebrand, there are likely spoilers for the previous books. There is something about returning to read a new book the Green Rider series that just makes me happy. Maybe it is because I this is one of the first series I read in the fantasy genre, but I just find them to be very addictive, comfort reads that make me want to curl up with it until I finish. This one was no exception. With Firebrand, Karigan returns to her own time, so it includes many of our favorite characters from books past. I know not everyone was thrilled with the change in setting/characters/time period with the last book, though I personally really enjoyed it. For those that were less than thrilled, fear not, this book is much in line with the first 4 books in the series. Karigan is distraught and heartbroken over leaving Cade behind. She misses him deeply and feels guilt over leaving him, not knowing if he is still alive or not. In some ways, it was overwhelming, and impacted her personality a bit. But not so much that I felt it overdone or a…

Friday Firsts – The Holver Alley Crew by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Friday Firsts / February 17, 2017

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well. ASTI RYNAX COULDN’T SLEEP. The bedroll wasn’t the problem. He’d slept plenty of nights in jail cells, road ditches, even trapped inside a wooden crate. The problem was sleeping on a hot wooden floor in the single- room flop, his younger brother, brother’s wife, and crying baby just ten feet away behind a thin cloth. He craved his own flop, his own space, without families, babies, or smoke. Smoke. Asti sat up, smelling the air. Definitely smoke. And not from the oil lamps. Asti sprang to his feet. “Verci. Wake up.” “What, what is it?” “Smoke.” Verci was out of the bed, crossing over to Asti in a flash, despite being naked. Asti’s eyes went to the slight paunch his brother was getting. Married life was taking its toll on his normally lean body. “You’re right.” “It’s…

Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
4.5 Stars , Reviews / February 16, 2017

Captivating from the very first page, Behind Her Eyes is a story that I just could not put down. I *had* to know what happened next, and puzzle together the mysteries that were unfolding. I was addicted in the best possible way to the characters and stories, craving answers with each turn of the page. A large part of the beauty of this story is the mysteriousness of everything, so I won’t go into too much plot detail. I will briefly mention the Louise (the main POV) is a single mom, who may not be perfect, but I found to be very likable. She works hard to give her son everything he needs and her world pretty much consists of him and her work. But, when she meets a man and feels a connection, she is excited. It feels good to have someone look at her that way again, and make her feel that excitement of a first kiss with someone new. Little did she know, that encounter would impact her life in major ways, and not necessarily in the picturesque way one might fantasize about. When she gets to work the next day and meets her new boss, she is shocked to…